Former Packers GM Ted Thompson dies at age 68

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Former Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson has died at the age of 68, the team confirmed Thursday.

Thompson served as the Packers’ general manager from 2005 until 2017, when he stepped aside. Among his first moves as GM was drafting quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft and assembled the team that ultimately won Super Bowl XLV over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Thompson also hired Mike McCarthy as the team’s head coach in 2006, and drafted other notable names that contributed to the Super Bowl title, like Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, B.J. Raji, Clay Matthews, T.J. Lang, and Bryan Bulaga. He also convinced Charles Woodson to sign with the Packers as a free agent ahead of the 2006 season.

In May 2019, Thompson revealed he had been diagnosed with an autonomic disorder affecting his nervous system.

This is a developing story and will be updated.